When: 10th – 18th February 2018
Where: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG
£: Admission costs £19 for adults, £14 for concessions and £11 for children. Family tickets available
What is it?
This February half term, Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th February, Beamish Museum will be commemorating the amazing contribution women made to the war effort, during the First World War, with Queens of the Machines.
With hands-on activities for families to try, it will be a great opportunity to experience the many roles women filled whilst men went off to war.
The week-long event includes the story of Rachel Parsons, daughter of Tyneside industrialist Charles Parsons, who oversaw the recruitment and training of the new female workers in her father’s steam turbine factory in wartime. After the war Rachel was required, along with all women employed during the war, to give up her new role to make way for the men returning home.
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, is the North East’s most popular museum and paid-for visitor attraction. The museum uses its collections to tell the story of everyday life in the North East through time. History is brought to life by costumed staff and volunteers.
Visitors to the 350 acre open air museum can explore a town, village and buildings from the 1820s and early 20th century. Many of the buildings have been moved from across the region, and the museum’s collections focus on rural life, social history, transport and industry.
More info: www.beamish.org.uk/events/february-half-term